The Royal Academy of Arts (“RA”) was founded in 1768 following royal assent by George III, by a number of artists and architects who were looking to “establish a society for promoting the Arts of Design”. The aim was to establish a school of art through which their skills and knowledge could be passed to future generations of artists.
Today, based at Burlington House, Piccadilly, the RA remains committed to its original mission statement and sets itself apart from other institutions because:
JM Finn & Co has been associated with the RA since 2012 and has committed to remain a partner until 2017. We have greatly enjoyed sharing the benefits of this partnership with our clients, friends and colleagues, particularly at our favourite social event - the annual Summer Exhibition. This exhibition, which has taken place every year since 1769, is the world’s largest open entry exhibition where the quality and variety never ceases to amaze.
In the 2014 the Royal Academy held critically acclaimed and vastly popular exhibitions such as Anselm Kiefer, which according to the Guardian was the “most exciting show in Britain”, and in September 2015, the Royal Academy will present a landmark exhibition of the Honorary RA, Ai Weiwei. As the first significant British survey of his artistic output, the exhibition will include major works spanning Ai Weiwei’s career, as well as including new unseen works by the artist.
With the appointment of the award winning Tim Marlow as the Academy’s new Director of Artistic Programmes last year we are excited to see what the future brings.